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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:01 pm

You are correct, Mars about the two hides, both of which are open to Talamati guests 24/7. The hide close to the entrance overlooks the waterhole and is the most popular by far. The other is towards the staff quarters and just looks over the plains.

If you visit our TR you will see how fantastic Talamati is.

The roads were very corrugated in May 2016, especially the S126 and S36 to a lesser extent.
Hope this is helpful.

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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by zivvy&muffin » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:14 pm

Was there last week. Two hides, the one nearest the entrance has a waterhole and much of the local game comes to that Waterhole ... we were there one night and saw Sable and hyenas at the waterhole.
Some of the roads around are severely corrugated at present, my parents in a regular sedan had to plan drives very carefully but did manage the s36 route out down to Skukuza; we had an SUV and it was better but still an issue on some sections.
The difficulty now with Talamati in the dry season is that many of the roads go a long long way from water and thus are extremely quiet for animals.

Also beware the Vervets, they have recently learn to punch out the wire meshes meaning you need to fully close windows to kitchen areas before going out (eg. to a Hide). As with all bush-camps a lovely ambience and unique opportunities for sightings ... such as the Sable we had time with :)

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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:06 pm

Leaping Lizards wrote:We just returned from Talamati. The hide and waterhole is a Gem. It’s a wildlife show everyday between 8am and 11am. Just sit and enjoy watching the animals coming down to you.

On Thursday night we saw 4 of the Big 5 from the hide all within 45 minutes. Of these Buffalo, Elephant and a Leopard were there at the same time. A cackle of Hyenas came down to the waterhole, which we thought scared off the Leopard. But, 2 minutes later a large male leopard walks into the light, sprays and follows in the direction the female ran off in.

Saw another male Leopard on the way to Orpen about 10kms out from Talamati.


welcome to our gem in knp, our other sanparks gem is mokala.

ps please be quiet about this camp...... oh no carry on.... we've booked next year....
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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by HawkI007 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:04 am

Talamati camp is wonderful - you are going to love it, also had superb drives around the camp at last light. It was wonderful sitting in the hides, spent a couple of days there last year and will return there next year.

Highlights for me were:
The resident Hyena that walked around the Hide (gate) every evening and morning that we were there - we would hear him from our unit and then go sit at the hide and wait for him.

From the same hide quite far in the distance there were 5 or 6 Ground hornbill moving around . I dont know if there is such a thing as resident ground hornbill but take your binos and scan the horizon not just the waterhole - I cant recall exactly but there were quite a few raptors as well.

Laughing Squirrels in the trees surrounding the waterhole.

As mentioned in earlier post - be careful of the monkeys, nothing hectic at all but probably the worst I have ever seen at KNP...
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Re: talamati surroundings advise

Unread post by bondm » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:20 pm

Talamati is a great camp, just a pity about the access roads. I last visited several years ago but having a small car decided the roads were too corrugated. I now hire a 4x4 and am revisiting in February next year so looking forward to some great sightings. Sounds like the monkies have taken over from the baboons. We also saw 6 Ground hornbills and heard them calling.
There were quite a few Scops owls in the camp which followed you around when you went to the hide after dark and kept swooping down in front of you to grab insects.
The accommodation is excellent. Have a good trip - I 'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by amecullen » Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:00 pm

Stayed at Talamati for the first time last night
have to agree that the access roads are a real issue, heavily corrugated and really not suitable for a normal sedan
But more importantly, there is very significant construction going on in camp and on the S140 road into camp, a ditch is being dug, looks like cables or pipes being laid, for several kilometres, continues onto the private access road, into the camp itself between the fence and the waterhole, across the Boma, into the services area in the centre of the camp
Construction vehicles behind units 1-2, continuous construction noise during the day and lots of construction staff and vehicles coming and going,
Very dissappointed with our visit, as we planned to stay in camp and enjoy the ' remote bush' atmosphere, saw only two elephants in the area, very little game otherwise
Really surprised Sanparks did not notified us in advance and no notices were visible in camp either
Also a police vehicle arrived just after us and it wasnt clear why they were in camp?

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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Elsa » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:51 am

Sorry about your disappointing stay in what is generally a wonderful camp amecullen!
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Re: Talamati Bushveld Camp

Unread post by Tessa G » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:30 am

I believe the roads are in such a bad state of corrugation due to the fact that the roads department is unable to grade unless there has been rain. Would anyone know if there has been sufficient rain recently to enable grading to commence.

We fly to JHB from Cape Town and then hire a little car. We are booked in at Talamati during our Dec/Jan holiday and worry that we may end up 'loosing our teeth', as well as damaging the car, whilst driving to and from camp on those particular roads.
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